Everyday sounds typically do not damage your hearing. However, many people participate in activities that produce harmful sound levels, such as attending loud sporting events and music concerts, and using power tools, which repeated over time will cause hearing loss. Loud sound (noise) can damage sensitive parts of the ear, causing hearing loss, ringing or buzzing in the ear (tinnitus), and increased sensitivity to sound (hyperacusis). Repeated exposure to loud noise over the years affects how well you hear later in life and how quickly you develop hearing problems, even after exposure has stopped.
You can protect your hearing. Recognize early signs of hearing loss, and take steps to protect your hearing.
Looking for other Information?
- See NIOSH site for occupational hearing loss information
- See NCBDDD site for information about hearing loss in children
- Vital Signs – Hearing Loss: English | Español
- Page last reviewed: February 6, 2017
- Page last updated: June 8, 2018
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